WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 Dec 2019]
WHO commemorates the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication
Historic milestone underscores urgent need to invest in global health security and universal health coverage
13 December 2019 News release Geneva, Switzerland
[See Milestones above for detail]
WHO gets new advice on curbing deadly noncommunicable diseases
10 December 2019 News release Muscat, Oman
World leaders and health experts, today, handed 8 recommendations to WHO’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, that could save millions of lives and promote mental health. The WHO Independent High-level Commission on noncommunicable diseases was convened by Dr Tedros in October 2017 to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death: cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases and mental health conditions.
The Commission highlighted that noncommunicable diseases still account for more than 70% of deaths and stressed that, “progress against NCDs and mental health conditions must be greatly accelerated if the 2030 Agenda is to succeed.” It also noted that many countries face challenges and need more support to implement solutions.
The report laid out a set of 8 recommendations for WHO:
:: Encourage Heads of State and Government to fulfil their commitment to provide strategic leadership by involving all relevant government departments, businesses, civil society groups as well as health professionals and people at risk from or suffering from NCDs and mental health conditions.
:: Support countries in efforts to empower individuals to make healthy choices, including by ensuring that the environment is conducive to living a healthy life, and that people receive the information they need to make healthy choices.
:: Encourage countries to invest in the prevention and control of NCDs and mental health conditions as a key opportunity to enhance human capital and accelerate economic growth.
:: Advise countries to include services to prevent and treat NCDs and mental health as essential components of Universal Health Coverage.
:: Ensure that no one falls into poverty because they have to pay for health care out of their own pockets through the provision of adequate social protection for everyone.
:: Increase engagement with businesses and provide technical support to Member States so they can mount effective national responses to NCDs and mental health conditions.
:: Encourage governments to promote meaningful engagement with civil society.
:: Advocate for the establishment of a multi-donor trust fund to support countries in activities to reduce NCDs and promote mental health.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 December 2019, vol. 94, 50 (pp. 601–612)
:: Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases: numbers of people treated in 2018y
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Countries must reduce barriers to access and increase financing in primary care to ensure Universal Health in the Americas. (12/12/2019)
:: Projects in Colombia and Peru win Social Innovation in Health prizes (12/09/2019)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO congratulates Sri Lanka for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis
10 December 2019 News release
WHO European Region EURO
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WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Early Warning Alert and Response Network launched in Djibouti to detect epidemic-prone diseases 11 December 2019
:: Saving Somali children from vaccine-preventable diseases 8 December 2019
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: 14 October 2019 | Feature story Addressing the needs of ageing populations
:: 12 December 2019 News release WHO hosts dialogue on climate change and health
:: 11 October 2019 News release Region’s leaders discuss need to protect health in relation to climate change and the environment